Flight Attendants to Protest at Dulles International Airport Thursday to Pressure United Express Carrier Air Wisconsin to Settle Contract Dispute

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, May 9th, United Express carrier Air Wisconsin flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), will hold a demonstration at Dulles International Airport to demand a fair contract.  Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants voted overwhelmingly to strike last fall and have been demonstrating at United Airlines bases across the country.

Air Wisconsin flight attendants will be joined by AFA union leaders, flight attendants from across the country, and allies at Thursday’s protest. They will be pushing to ensure they have the resources needed to do their jobs and keep the flying public safe and secure.

First year flight attendant salaries at Air Wisconsin can be as low as $15,000 a year and their wage raised have not been increased since 2007. Because of the poverty wages offered by Air Wisconsin, flight attendants are forced to choose between paying rent or paying for groceries.

Given that Air Wisconsin flight attendants fly under the United Express brand and tickets are sold as United Airlines tickets, they are urging United Airlines to step in and help settle the dispute with Air Wisconsin.

Despite numerous federally mediated sessions, Air Wisconsin has refused to move on their bargaining position. Last fall, Air Wisconsin flight attendants authorized a strike by a 99% vote.

The Association of Flight Attendants is the flight attendant union representing 50,000 flight attendants including those at Air Wisconsin.

WHAT: Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants Protesting to Settle Contract Dispute

WHO: Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants and their Allies

WHERE:  Dulles International Airport
1 Saarinen Cir, Dulles, VA 20166
Departure Level, outside of United Ticket Counters

WHEN: Thursday, May 9th
1:00 p.m to 2:00 p.m EST


The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 73 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

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